• coronavirus August 9, 2022 3:04 pm

    Boston Doctor Explains BA.4.6, the New COVID ‘Variant of Concern'

    A new omicron subvariant, BA.4.6, now accounts for more than 4% of COVID-19 cases in New England and across the U.S., according to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Not much is known about the new subvariant that is beginning to make an emergence on the scene, but the CDC has deemed it...

  • COVID Q&A March 15, 2022 11:58 am

    COVID Q&A: Top Boston Doctors Talk Deltacron, 4th Vaccine Dose

    Top Boston doctors talked about a new “Deltacron” variant, rising cases in Europe and Asia and whether a fourth vaccine dose is really necessary on NBC10 Boston’s weekly “COVID Q&A” series.

  • COVID Q&A February 16, 2022 11:18 am

    Has Mass. Closed the Racial Gap for COVID Vaccinations? Here's What Boston Doctors Say

    Massachusetts is closing the racial gap in COVID-19 vaccination rates by some metrics, but there is still more work to be done, Boston doctors say. The Bay State had some success with vaccination in part because coronavirus-related care was made more accessible during the pandemic by meeting people where they’re at. But major disparities continue to have a devastating...

  • COVID Q&A February 10, 2022 11:52 am

    Could This Summer Be Normal Again? Here's What Boston Doctors Say

    With coronavirus metrics trending in the right direction, Boston doctors are hopeful that life will return to some sense of normalcy by the summer, if not sooner. Cases across Massachusetts have dropped by more than 85% since mid-January, prompting some towns and cities to relax safety restrictions. For context, state health officials reported a single-day record on Jan. 5, topping 27,000…

  • COVID Q&A February 9, 2022 12:08 pm

    Boston Doctors Divided on School Mask Mandate

    As coronavirus rates continue to improve, Massachusetts and other states are lifting school mask mandates. Top Boston doctors have differing opinions on whether that’s the right move. The school mask mandate in Massachusetts will expire at the end of the month, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Wednesday, which falls in line with other nearby states. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has...

  • COVID Q&A February 2, 2022 11:56 am

    New Omicron Subvariant ‘Likely' in Mass. Already, Boston Doctors Say

    The new “stealth omicron” subvariant, a descendant of the omicron variant, is likely already in Massachusetts, Boston doctors say. Scientists and health officials around the world are keeping their eyes on the newest version of omicron, which scientists call BA.2. It’s considered stealthier than the original because particular genetic traits make it harder to detect. It has now been...

  • coronavirus February 1, 2022 9:27 am

    2 Years Ago, the First Case of COVID-19 in Massachusetts Was Identified

    Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022 marks two full years of the coronavirus pandemic in Massachusetts. The first case of COVID-19 was identified in Massachusetts on Feb. 1, 2020. State health officials announced that a Boston man in his 20s who had recently returned from Wuhan, China, had tested positive for the coronavirus. A month and a half later, the state declared…

  • COVID Q&A January 28, 2022 9:44 am

    Should Post-Infection Immunity Count in COVID Restrictions? Boston Doctors Respond

    Post-infection immunity does not get enough recognition, top Boston doctors said, but they were split on whether it should be considered when making coronavirus-related policies. Natural immunity among recovered people is acknowledged in COVID-19 restrictions elsewhere across the globe, including in Europe, where people who have recovered do not have to quarantine after travel. Under the European Commission’s COVID-19...

  • COVID Q&A January 26, 2022 11:00 am

    New Omicron Subvariant Could Be More Contagious, Boston Doctors Say

    A descendant of the omicron variant could be more contagious than its predecessor and just as vaccine evasive, but Boston doctors continue to push people to get vaccinated. Scientists and health officials around the world are keeping their eyes on the newest strain of the coronavirus, which scientists call BA.2. It’s considered to be stealthier than the original version...

  • COVID Q&A January 25, 2022 11:02 am

    COVID Q&A: Top Boston Doctors Talk New Omicron Subvariant, Next Steps Post-Surge Peak

    Top Boston doctors talk about next steps now that the omicron surge has peaked, the new omicron subvariant BA.2, variant-specific vaccines, natural immunity and masks in schools on NBC10 Boston’s weekly “COVID Q&A” series.

  • COVID Q&A January 21, 2022 11:48 am

    When Will Omicron End? Here's What Boston Doctors Say

    Earlier this week, Dr. Anthony Fauci said it’s too soon to tell whether the omicron variant of the coronavirus will bring an end to the pandemic. Top Boston doctors think it’s not even close. “We’re, I would say now, still a long way away from being able to say that we are at an endemic stage of COVID-19 because we still...

  • cannabis January 14, 2022 10:54 am

    Cannabis Compounds May Prevent Coronavirus Infection, Study Finds

    Some of the compounds in cannabis may prevent the entry of the coronavirus into healthy human cells, according to a study published in the Journal of Nature Products.

  • coronavirus January 10, 2022 9:49 am

    Should We Be Worried About the New ‘Deltacron' Variant?

    Researchers have discovered a possible COVID-19 strain that appears to combine both the delta and omicron variants, dubbed “deltacron.” Scientists in Cyprus found 25 people carrying the strain, according to Bloomberg News, and sent their research to an international database that tracks the genetic code of the virus. However, some global health experts are casting doubts over the reports, saying…

  • COVID Q&A December 21, 2021 12:47 pm

    COVID Q&A: Top Boston Doctors Talk Proof of Vaccination, Hospital Capacity and Omicron

    Boston Mayor Michelle Wu is implementing proof of vaccination protocols. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is activating the National Guard, issuing an indoor mask advisory and ordering all hospitals to postpone nonessential elective procedures. President Joe Biden is mailing out free at-home testing kits to Americans. And the omicron variant is now the dominant strain in Massachusetts. Top Boston doctors unpack...

  • coronavirus December 21, 2021 8:46 pm

    Omicron Takes Over as Dominant Strain in Mass.

    The omicron variant has overtaken delta as the dominant strain of the coronavirus in Massachusetts, new data from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard shows. Researchers at the Broad Institute estimate that the highly mutated variant has been dominant in Massachusetts since Dec. 17, less than two weeks after it was first detected in a fully vaccinated woman in…

  • coronavirus December 21, 2021 11:41 pm

    Baker Announces Indoor Mask Advisory, Activates National Guard Amid COVID-19 Surge

    Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday he is activating up to 500 members of the National Guard to assist hospitals with the COVID-19 surge and updating the state’s mask advisory. The state Department of Public Health released an updated mask advisory Tuesday urging all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask or face covering in indoor public spaces. They…

  • COVID Q&A December 15, 2021 1:45 pm

    Here's What Boston Doctors Think of Baker's Strategy to Slow COVID Surge

    As coronavirus cases continue to surge in Massachusetts, strategy from local leadership appears to center around masks, testing, boosting vaccination rates and freeing up space in hospitals. Cities and towns across Massachusetts began receiving free, rapid COVID-19 tests this week as part of Gov. Charlie Baker’s new strategy to control the spread of the virus this holiday season. When...

  • coronavirus December 13, 2021 7:03 am

    Omicron Concerns Grow Statewide

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is scheduled to make an announcement about COVID-19 testing Monday morning as leaders try to get a handle on a surge of coronavirus cases and the new omicron variant.

  • COVID Q&A December 10, 2021 12:28 pm

    ‘Nowhere to Go But Up': Boston Doctors Expect More Omicron Cases

    The heavily mutated omicron variant’s impact on the future of the pandemic remains to be seen as it continues to quietly spread across the nation. It’s been nearly a week since the first case of the omicron variant was detected in Massachusetts on Dec. 4. The mild case was in a fully vaccinated woman in her 20s from Middlesex...

  • COVID Q&A December 9, 2021 1:48 pm

    Are Holiday Parties Safe Amid COVID Spike? Here's Advice From Top Boston Doctors

    This holiday season, COVID-19 could be the villain that squelches any sign of cheer for yet another year. The delta variant has propelled a spike in COVID cases after Thanksgiving in Massachusetts while the highly mutated omicron variant’s impact remains to be seen as it gains a foothold in the Bay State. In fact, the World Health Organization on...

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